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Using Studio

Using Studio

Topaz Studio 2 can be used as both a standalone application and plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. Select your host editor for step-by-step setup instructions for Topaz Studio 2.

Topaz Studio 2 should automatically configure itself for Photoshop CC when it installs on your computer and you should find it under Filters>Topaz Labs>Topaz Studio 2.

If you have it installed and you are still not able to find it in your filters menu, try re-installing the application. You can use our Topaz Studio 2 Mac Installer or Topaz Studio 2 Windows Installer.

If you’re still not able to find it, you can manually configure it using the following steps:

Mac

  1. Open ‘Finder’
  2. Select Go>Go to Folder
  3. Copy and paste the following path: /Applications/Topaz Studio 2/Topaz Studio 2.app/Contents/Resources/PS_Plugins/TopazStudio2.plugin
  4. Click ‘Go’
  5. Right-click (or ctrl+click) on the ‘TopazStudio2.plugin file’
  6. Select ‘Copy “TopazStudio2.plugin”‘
  7. Open your Applications folder 
  8. Go to /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC [year number]/Plug-ins
  9. Paste “TopazStudio2.plugin” file in the “Plug-ins” folder

Windows

  1. Open ‘Windows Explorer’
  2. Go to C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Studio 2\PS_Plugins_x64
  3. Right-click and copy the “tltopazstudiops_x64.8bf” alias file
  4. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC\Plug-ins
  5. Right click in this folder, next to Generator, and paste the file here
  6. Restart Photoshop CC and try invoking your plug-in once more

Mac

1. Go to your preferences menu in Photoshop and select Plug-ins.

2. Check/enable the Additional Plug-ins Folder option then click Choose.

3. Navigate to: Computer/Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support and select the Topaz Labs folder.  If you cannot find this folder, press Command ⌘ + Shift + C to open the Computer Directory.

Be sure you are selecting the entire Topaz Labs folder. If you select a plugin folder, you will add just that one plugin to the Filter menu, but all other plugins will not show.

4. Click OK to save your changes, then restart Photoshop. Once Photoshop opens, go to your Filter menu and you should be able to access Topaz Labs.

Windows

  • Please click on Edit in the top menu and select Preferences → Plug-Ins..
  • Check/enable the Additional Plug-ins Folder option then click Choose.
  • After that, please navigate to:
    64bit OS –  C:\Program Files (x86)\
    32bit OS – C:\Program Files\
  • Then, select the Topaz Labs folder
    Be sure you are selecting the entire Topaz Labs folder. If you select a plugin folder, you will add just that one plugin to the Filter menu, but all other plugins will not show. 

You should see the file path below in Photoshop’s Plug-Ins Preferences.  From here, click OK to save your changes, then restart Photoshop. Once Photoshop opens, go to your Filter menu and you should be able to access Topaz Labs.

 To use Topaz Studio 2 in Lightroom, follow these steps:

  1. Preferences → External Editing
  2. In the Additional External Editor section, under preset please select “Choose” and search for your Studio 2. Make sure you have the application selected (make sure it is the actual icon and not the entire folder).
  3. Next click on the preset drop down menu and select “save current settings as a new preset” and enter the name of your application

Now that you have Topaz Studio 2 set up as a external editor, just click Photo>Edit In>Topaz Studio 2

Note: For Topaz Studio 2 to save back to Lightroom you will have use to “File → Save” in order to save.

Using your Topaz Labs plug-ins with Adobe Photoshop Elements is easy. Elements will usually find your Topaz Labs products on its own. You can find them by opening an image in Elements, then opening the ‘Filter‘ menu.

To manually configure Topaz Studio 2 for Photoshop Elements, follow these steps:

Mac

  1. Open the ‘Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 Editor‘ menu and select ‘Preferences>Plug-ins
  2. Check the ‘Application Plug-ins Folder‘ box, then click ‘Choose.
  3. Select the folder for the application from the ‘Applications’ folder, then click ‘Choose.
  4. You will need to close and re-open Elements for your application to show up in the ‘Filter‘ menu.

Windows

  1. Open the ‘Edit‘ menu and select ‘Preferences>Plug-ins‘ 
  2. Check the ‘Application Plug-ins Folder‘ box, then click ‘Choose.‘ 
  3. In the “Browse for Folder” menu, navigate to OS (C:)>Program Files>Topaz Labs> then select the folder of the application you would like to use in Elements. Press OK.
  4. You will need to close and re-open Elements for your application to show up in the ‘Filter‘ menu.

You can use Topaz Studio 2 by opening an image in Luminar 3, then navigating to ‘Edit>Plugins‘. Studio 2 may show up here, but if you don’t see it, check under the ‘Other’ menu.

If you do not see your Topaz Studio 2 under the ‘Other‘ menu, here’s how to add it:

  1. Under the same ‘Edit>Plugins>Other’ menu, select ‘Open Plugin…’.
  2. Select the folder for the application from the ‘Applications’ folder, then click ‘Open
  3. You may need to close and re-open Luminar 3 before your plug-in appears in the ‘Plugins‘ menu.

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Studio 2 Overview

Studio 2 Overview

What is Topaz Studio 2?

Topaz Studio 2 is an intuitive image effect toolbox built with Topaz Labs’ powerful photo enhancement technology. It can apply a wide range of effects to your images, and provides a great degree of freedom in creating new looks for all your images using a layer-based system.

What differences are there between Topaz Studio 2 and Topaz Studio Classic?

Studio 2 is an overhaul of the previous Topaz Studio app, which we’re calling Topaz Studio Classic. The key differences are as follows:

  • Pricing change. Instead of paying for each add-on you want to use, Topaz Studio 2 will now be available for a single flat fee of $99.99 that includes all adjustments by default. There will be no free version, except for a 30 day trial.
  • Full non-destructive layer support. Topaz Studio 2 now has a layer-based system – and everything you do is non-destructive. Looks (formerly known as presets) go on their own layers so you can now mix, match, and stack them.
  • Major UI refresh. Topaz Studio 2 received a major user interface change focused around layers. You can easily drag and drop to rearrange layers, access layer masks, and control blending/opacity. This lends itself to vastly improved usability and workflow.
Requirements Windows Mac
Operating System Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit only) OS 10.12 and up
Display Size 800 x 600 1024 x 640
OpenGL Support Level What’s this? OpenGL 3.3
Internet Connection Required for login only

What is OpenGL?

OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is the computer industry’s standard application program interface ( API ) for defining 2-D and 3-D graphic images. Prior to OpenGL, any company developing a graphical application typically had to rewrite the graphics part of it for each operating system platform and had to be cognizant of the graphics hardware as well. With OpenGL, an application can create the same effects in any operating system using any OpenGL-adhering graphics adapter.

OpenGL specifies a set of “commands” or immediately executed functions. Each command directs a drawing action or causes special effects. A list of these commands can be created for repetitive effects. OpenGL is independent of the windowing characteristics of each operating system, but provides special “glue” routines for each operating system that enable OpenGL to work in that system’s windowing environment. OpenGL comes with a large number of built-in capabilities requestable through the API. These include hidden surface removal, alpha blending (transparency), antialiasing , texture mapping, pixel operations, viewing and modeling transformations, and atmospheric effects (fog, smoke, and haze).

Hardware Requirements

  Minimum Recommended Optimal
System RAM 8GB 16GB 32GB+
Dedicated GPU VRAM 2GB 4GB 6GB+
  • Minimum: Requirements for application to function, users should expect slow performance, large files may cause crashing
  • Recommended: Users should experience no performance issues, though slowness may occur with large files
  • Optimal: Users should not experience any performance issues

Here’s a quick rundown to get you up and running with Topaz Studio 2!

Before you download, please check out the system requirements above and see what kind of performance to expect.

After meeting the requirements, simply follow the directions below:

  • Download Topaz Studio 2 from the Topaz Labs Downloads Page.
  • Log in with your Topaz Labs account or the email address that you used to purchase.

To start a free, 30-day trial, please follow the directions below:

  • If you haven’t already, create an account from the Topaz Labs Account Page.
  • Download Topaz Studio 2 from the Topaz Labs Downloads Page.
  • Launch Topaz Studio, log in and click ‘Yes’ to start your 30 day trial.

Extra Tip: Started a trial, bought the product, and still seeing “trial” on the application? No worries. Simply click “Help” in the top toolbar and then click “Update Product Ownership.” And with just those few clicks, your product will be updated.

If you experience issues with installation, visit the Topaz Help Center or submit a support ticket for our team of support specialists!

If you currently own more than $99.99 worth of Topaz Studio Classic adjustments, you are entitled to a free upgrade to Topaz Studio 2! We created a special page on our website you can visit to verify your eligibility using the link below:

Topaz Studio 2 Upgrade Eligibility Page

You may also qualify for credit bonuses even if you own just a few adjustments. You can verify these bonuses using the link above!

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